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18th Feb '17 12:20:29 PM Lloigor
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These people usually come to this conclusion by adding some paranoia ([[ProperlyParanoid justified]] or [[GeneralRipper not]]) to GeneticEngineeringIsTheNewNuke and [[SuperpowerfulGenetics naturally born supers]] are out-pacing mundanes. They interpret the "obsolescence" of baseline humans as an edict to kill all {{Mutants}}[=/=]{{psychic|Powers}}s[=/=]{{witch|Species}}es in an "[[AllOfTheOtherReindeer "Us or Them"]] fashion, fearing that supers will either forcibly take over or [[ViralTransformation replace all humans]]. These types are usually spurred on by the villains attempts to do just that, and end up branding all supers as threats. Previously nice supers, in turn, will interpret this xenophobia as [[CycleOfRevenge cause to exterminate or enslave all humans...]] This is usually the fear behind any SuperRegistrationAct. Typically accomplished by calling the CapeBusters. See also TallPoppySyndrome

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These people usually come to this conclusion by adding some paranoia ([[ProperlyParanoid justified]] or [[GeneralRipper not]]) to GeneticEngineeringIsTheNewNuke and [[SuperpowerfulGenetics naturally born supers]] are out-pacing mundanes. They interpret the "obsolescence" of baseline humans as an edict to kill all {{Mutants}}[=/=]{{psychic|Powers}}s[=/=]{{witch|Species}}es in an "[[AllOfTheOtherReindeer "Us or Them"]] fashion, fearing that supers will either forcibly take over or [[ViralTransformation replace all humans]]. These types are usually spurred on by the villains attempts to do just that, and end up branding all supers as threats. Previously nice supers, in turn, will interpret this xenophobia as [[CycleOfRevenge cause to exterminate or enslave all humans...]] This is usually the fear behind any SuperRegistrationAct. Typically accomplished by calling the CapeBusters. See also TallPoppySyndrome
TallPoppySyndrome.



* A large part of ''Literature/{{TheInfected}}''. The Infected gain superpowers, but also mental disorders. The first book ''opens'' to a man trying and failing to save a woman from a serial killer, being teleported back to his apartment and then being brutally beaten by police (he was complying, to the best of his ability) taken to the station, beaten some more, then left for days in a cell to die. The situation for Infected continues to get worse as the series progresses, from simple denial of services to outright lynch mobs gathering whenever a visible or known Infected appears in public.

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* A large part of ''Literature/{{TheInfected}}''.''Literature/TheInfected''. The Infected gain superpowers, but also mental disorders. The first book ''opens'' to a man trying and failing to save a woman from a serial killer, being teleported back to his apartment and then being brutally beaten by police (he was complying, to the best of his ability) taken to the station, beaten some more, then left for days in a cell to die. The situation for Infected continues to get worse as the series progresses, from simple denial of services to outright lynch mobs gathering whenever a visible or known Infected appears in public.
15th Feb '17 12:00:33 PM JulianLapostat
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* Franchise/{{Batman}}'s role in any DC comic where he works alongside DC's other, superpowered heroes and fights superpowered villains tends to invoke this trope. Not only is he acutely aware of the extent, and limit, of all of the powers of every DC character, he takes it upon himself to put in place "contingency plans" to disable or otherwise render harmless all of said characters in the case that they ever went rogue.

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* Franchise/{{Batman}}'s role in any DC comic where he works alongside DC's other, superpowered heroes and fights superpowered villains tends to invoke this trope. Not only is he acutely aware of the extent, and limit, of all of the powers of every DC character, he takes it upon himself to put in place "contingency plans" to disable or otherwise render harmless all of said characters in the case that they ever went rogue. He ends up proving this point since the making of these plans and the incompetence and compromise of his security allows him to [[spoiler:be the weakest link for the likes of Ra's Al Ghul, who ''knows'' Batman very well, to infiltrate and neutralize the Justice League]].



** It's become fairly common for Superman's {{archenemy}}, ComicBook/LexLuthor, to be portrayed as a pro-human/anti-alien extremist who sees himself as a Prometheus figure, stealing fire from the gods to give to the rest of humanity. While his position is ultimately self-serving, Luthor's argument that superhumans hold humanity back from truly excelling is one that resonates with some people in-universe and out.

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** It's become fairly common for Superman's {{archenemy}}, ComicBook/LexLuthor, to be portrayed as a pro-human/anti-alien extremist who sees himself as a Prometheus figure, stealing fire from the gods to give to the rest of humanity.humanity[[note]]In the original myth, Prometheus was himself a God, who was merely opposed to Zeus' tyranny, and wanted to ensure that humanity wouldn't be entirely slaves for which he is punished. He is far more analogous to Jor-El who as scientist dissented from native Kryptonians and sought to fling a light into the future, and whose son Superman, associated with the Sun, serves humanity. In other words, Prometheus is about helping people resist tyranny not human arrogance and hubris[[/note]]. While his position is ultimately self-serving, Luthor's argument that superhumans hold humanity back from truly excelling is one that resonates with some people in-universe and out.
4th Feb '17 3:02:26 PM Lanes17B
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* In ''Film/FantasticBeastsAndWhereToFindThem,'' [[TheFundamentalist Mary Lou Barebone]] tried to raise awareness of the, perceived, threat posed by the wizarding world by staging manifestations with her group that she calls the ''Second Salemers.''



** The Justice Lords are an example where humans ''do'' have something to fear from metahumans. This knowledge is what drove ComicBook/TheQuestion into [[GoMadFromTheRevelation such a tizzy]].

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** [[BewareTheSuperman The Justice Lords are an example where humans ''do'' have something to fear from metahumans. metahumans.]] This knowledge is what drove ComicBook/TheQuestion into [[GoMadFromTheRevelation such a tizzy]].
29th Dec '16 6:50:41 PM Rhodes7
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* A large part of ''Literature/{{TheInfected}}''. The Infected gain superpowers, but also mental disorders. The first book ''opens'' to a man trying and failing to save a woman from a serial killer, being teleported back to his apartment and then being brutally beaten by police (he was complying, to the best of his ability) taken to the station, beaten some more, then left for days in a cell to die. The situation for Infected continues to get worse as the series progresses, from simple denial of services to outright lynch mobs gathering whenever a visible or known Infected appears in public.
24th Nov '16 2:48:46 AM Bagpiper
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* Almost immediately after the existence of Vampires and Lycans are exposed to humanity in ''Film/UnderworldAwakening'', human military forces hunt both races to near extinction for... no specific reason, really.
11th Nov '16 10:02:53 AM Boobah
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** Meanwhile, the Initiative is basically a government-run version without the shitty mages. It manages to do slightly better than the Watcher's Council, which was destroyed by a single psychotic preacher using a bomb.

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** Meanwhile, the Initiative is basically a government-run version without that trades the shitty mages.mages for denial and a splash of ultra-tech. It manages to do slightly better than the Watcher's Council, which was destroyed by a single psychotic preacher using a bomb.
22nd Sep '16 1:13:26 PM TheUnknownUploader
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** Funnily enough, two of the three they were up against were also non-benders.
20th Sep '16 3:01:26 AM Troperinik
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* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/{{Kaeloo}}'' had [[AlphaBitch Pretty]] and [[NiceGirl Kaeloo]] fight over [[AllGirlsLikePonies a horse]]. Suddenly, a unicorn shows up [[BigLippedAlligatorMoment out of nowhere]], prompting Kaeloo to forget about the horse and get the unicorn. Pretty angrily screams and cries until another unicorn shows up, causing her to [[BlackComedyBurst shoot the "normal" horse]].
5th Sep '16 7:43:49 AM StFan
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* The manga eV from James Farr seems to be experimenting with this somewhat. The main character was exposed to a serum that turns her into something approaching theity in terms of power...but only after the previous 77 candidates for receiving the serum had been murdered by fearful religious zealots.

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* The manga eV ''eV'' from James Farr seems to be experimenting with this somewhat. The main character was exposed to a serum that turns her into something approaching theity deity in terms of power...power... but only after the previous 77 candidates for receiving the serum had been murdered by fearful religious zealots.



* ''LightNovel/ACertainMagicalIndex '' is a more limited example. Academy City is essentially filled with superpowered kids (espers) for purposes on educating and training them on the use of their powers in one centralized location. However, their powers are ranked on a scale of 0 to 5, with level 0s basically being normal humans since their powers are so weak. Level 0s are sometimes considered social outcasts and tend to be bullied by more powerful espers. This leads many level 0s to try and find a way to boost their powers, even if such methods are morally questionable.

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* ''LightNovel/ACertainMagicalIndex '' is a more limited example. example.
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Academy City is essentially filled with superpowered kids (espers) for purposes on educating and training them on the use of their powers in one centralized location. However, their powers are ranked on a scale of 0 to 5, with level 0s basically being normal humans since their powers are so weak. Level 0s are sometimes considered social outcasts and tend to be bullied by more powerful espers. This leads many level 0s to try and find a way to boost their powers, even if such methods are morally questionable.



* ''Anime/SCryed'', basically the Japanese take on X-Men.
* ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEED'' does the second option: there are a group of Naturals (unmodified humans) known as Blue Cosmos who seek to eradicate Coordinators (genetically-enhanced humans) because they believe they're "impure". In fact, Blue Cosmos' motto is "For the preservation of our Blue And Pure World". Their actions have started two massive wars because of this. Not bad for a group that started out as an environmental protection group!
** It was mostly because they were backed by LOGOS, an organization that's about WarForFunAndProfit.
* [[TheTeamNormal Souichi]] from ''Manga/SnowWhiteAndSevenDwarfs'' actually ''was'' a [[DifferentlyPoweredIndividual tekigousha]] in the past, but [[DePower lost his ability]]--which, at the time, didn't seem like such a bad thing, as [[PowerDegeneration said ability was killing him]]. Now, though, he fears that his lack of super powers will make him the weakest link among the heroes (not helped by him also being a HandicappedBadass), and so he desperately wants his old ability back.
* [[BigBad The group PANDRA]] takes this approach, and feel that they should be destroyed for the protection of Espers.

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* ''Anime/SCryed'', ''Anime/{{Scryed}}'', basically the Japanese take on X-Men.
''X-Men''.
* ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEED'' does the second option: there are a group of Naturals (unmodified humans) known as Blue Cosmos who seek to eradicate Coordinators (genetically-enhanced humans) because they believe they're "impure". In fact, Blue Cosmos' motto is "For the preservation of our Blue And Pure World". Their actions have started two massive wars because of this. Not bad for a group that started out as an environmental protection group!
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group! It was mostly because they were backed by LOGOS, an organization that's about WarForFunAndProfit.
* [[TheTeamNormal Souichi]] from ''Manga/SnowWhiteAndSevenDwarfs'' actually ''was'' a [[DifferentlyPoweredIndividual tekigousha]] in the past, but [[DePower lost his ability]]--which, ability]] -- which, at the time, didn't seem like such a bad thing, as [[PowerDegeneration said ability was killing him]]. Now, though, he fears that his lack of super powers will make him the weakest link among the heroes (not helped by him also being a HandicappedBadass), and so he desperately wants his old ability back.
* %%* [[BigBad The group PANDRA]] takes this approach, and feel that they should be destroyed for the protection of Espers.



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** Before Comicbook/HouseOfM, there was a movement among humans calling themselves the U-Men who believed they could become greater than mutants by harvesting and grafting mutant body parts onto themselves. Among the list of parts taken are the eyes of a kid with x-ray vision, the wings off a flying mutant girl, and even keeping a kid with electric powers imprisoned to use blood transfusions from him to gain powers.

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** Before Comicbook/HouseOfM, there was a movement among humans calling themselves the U-Men who believed they could become greater than mutants by harvesting and grafting mutant body parts onto themselves. Among the list of parts taken are the eyes of a kid with x-ray X-ray vision, the wings off a flying mutant girl, and even keeping a kid with electric powers imprisoned to use blood transfusions from him to gain powers.



** This has become a major case of BrokenAesop over the course of the various comics in the X-Men family. A great many storylines have revolved around some awesomely powerful evil mutant(s) openly threatening the world and scaring the heck out of the general population. Sure, the X-teams usually manage to stop whoever it is, but not before the landscape as been chewed up a bit. While the mutants are meant to be seen sympathetically by the readers, given the circumstances humanity's fear of mutants actually seems very rational, in particular since the [[SlidingScaleOfVillainThreat power level of mutant villains]] seems to always be increasing. Then again, how many of those mutants became villains in the first place because "baseline" humans [[WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds treated them with fear and hatred?]]
* Franchise/{{Batman}}'s role in any DC comic where he works alongside DC's other, superpowered heroes and fights superpowered villains tends to invoke this trope. Not only is he acutely aware of the extent, and limit, of all of the powers of every DC character, he takes it upon himself to put in place 'contingency plans' to disable or otherwise render harmless all of said characters in the case that they ever went rogue.
* ''Comicbook/SupremePower'' spends several issues with Mark, aka Hyperion, mulling over how he and other supers like the Blur fit inside of normal society's rules. His conclusion? [[{{Ubermensch}} They don't]]. They are outside the system. The fact that this is dangerously close to the ethos followed by his EvilCounterpart Michael Redstone doesn't seem to occur to him. This line of thought is not helped by the U.S. government setting a trap with six [[NuclearWeaponsTaboo Daisy Cutter bombs]] in an underground base for fear of him.
* One of the earlier examples of this trope, BadassNormal Comicbook/{{Hawkeye}} decided that a quiver full of trick arrows wasn't enough, and started using Hank Pym's old Giant-Man gear to become the first Goliath. He eventually went back to his Hawkeye persona, but has occasionally donned the Goliath suit on a situational basis.

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** This has become a major case of BrokenAesop over the course of the various comics in the X-Men ''X-Men'' family. A great many storylines have revolved around some awesomely powerful evil mutant(s) openly threatening the world and scaring the heck out of the general population. Sure, the X-teams usually manage to stop whoever it is, but not before the landscape as been chewed up a bit. While the mutants are meant to be seen sympathetically by the readers, given the circumstances humanity's fear of mutants actually seems very rational, in particular since the [[SlidingScaleOfVillainThreat power level of mutant villains]] seems to always be increasing. Then again, how many of those mutants became villains in the first place because "baseline" humans [[WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds treated them with fear and hatred?]]
* Franchise/{{Batman}}'s role in any DC comic where he works alongside DC's other, superpowered heroes and fights superpowered villains tends to invoke this trope. Not only is he acutely aware of the extent, and limit, of all of the powers of every DC character, he takes it upon himself to put in place 'contingency plans' "contingency plans" to disable or otherwise render harmless all of said characters in the case that they ever went rogue.
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* ''Comicbook/SupremePower'' ''ComicBook/SupremePower'' spends several issues with Mark, aka a.k.a. Hyperion, mulling over how he and other supers like the Blur fit inside of normal society's rules. His conclusion? [[{{Ubermensch}} They don't]]. They are outside the system. The fact that this is dangerously close to the ethos followed by his EvilCounterpart Michael Redstone doesn't seem to occur to him. This line of thought is not helped by the U.S. government setting a trap with six [[NuclearWeaponsTaboo Daisy Cutter bombs]] in an underground base for fear of him.
* One of the earlier examples of this trope, BadassNormal Comicbook/{{Hawkeye}} ComicBook/{{Hawkeye}} decided that a quiver full of trick arrows wasn't enough, and started using Hank Pym's old Giant-Man gear to become the first Goliath. He eventually went back to his Hawkeye persona, but has occasionally donned the Goliath suit on a situational basis.



-->'''Steve "Jetlad" Traynor''': ''Th-This is '''nuts'''. '''Everybody's''' a [[DifferentlyPoweredIndividual science-hero]]! I mean, this will never work, the government, this whole relocation thing, it's just...''
-->'''Leni "Sky Witch" Muller''': ''The war's over, ''mein junge'', and now nobody wants us living next door to them.''

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-->'''Steve "Jetlad" Traynor''': ''Th-This Traynor:''' Th-This is '''nuts'''. '''Everybody's''' a [[DifferentlyPoweredIndividual science-hero]]! I mean, this will never work, the government, this whole relocation thing, it's just...''
-->'''Leni
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'''Leni
"Sky Witch" Muller''': ''The Muller:''' The war's over, ''mein junge'', and now nobody wants us living next door to them.''



* ''Comicbook/{{PS 238}}'' had a government-funded "Project Rainmaker" in its backstory; it was trying to study metahumans to find out what made them different from normal people and possibly use this knowledge for the benefit of the US government. [[spoiler:It got wrecked by the metahuman it was experimenting on.]]
* The first version was averted with [[ComicBook/MarvelComics2 American Dream]]. She idolized Captain America and decided to ask superheroes for training to become one (of the BadassNormal type). It worked.

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* ''Comicbook/{{PS 238}}'' ''ComicBook/PS238'' had a government-funded "Project Rainmaker" in its backstory; it was trying to study metahumans to find out what made them different from normal people and possibly use this knowledge for the benefit of the US government. [[spoiler:It got wrecked by the metahuman it was experimenting on.]]
* The first version was averted with [[ComicBook/MarvelComics2 ''[[ComicBook/MarvelComics2 American Dream]].Dream]]''. She idolized Captain America and decided to ask superheroes for training to become one (of the BadassNormal type). It worked.



* Some comics in the Franchise/MarvelUniverse speculate SocietyIsToBlame for Muggle Power. Super-heroes are extraordinary people with amazing abilities and dedicate their lives to improving the world around them, so normal humans feel weak and selfish by comparison. The Kingpin ties this into IJustWantToBeNormal and TallPoppySyndrome in TheReasonYouSuckSpeech in Ultimate Spider-Man #80.
-->'''The Kingpin''': ''They, "society," hate you because they don't want your help. You remind them of how weak-willed and sheep-like and unspecial they are. How gleeful they are, deep down, to be ordinary. They don't want heroes. They don't want special people around them. Because if there are special people and they aren't one of them— well, who wants that? Who wants a constant reminder that they aren't even trying to be special? See, the difference between you and I is that you really are just a child. You benefit from the wide-eyed optimism of youth. I do envy that, somewhat. But... like many of your decisions in life... it's just naive. And I don't envy that harsh cold slap of reality that will come your way soon enough. But I guess it's inevitable. People don't want to be special. I do think that. It is my philosophy. They— people want to be told what to do and how to live and they want men like me to tell them. They want to go to work and do as little as they can possibly get away with, and they want a big cookie at the end of the day for doing it. And they want men like me to give it to them.''
* ''ComicBook/{{Empowered}}'' has an actual capeless uprising in its recent backstory, where a group of cape-killers began hunting down superhero and supervillain alike. The San Antonio Supervolcano may or may not be related to this. [[spoiler: Unbeknownst to his girlfriend, [=ThugBoy=] was directly involved in it, and has a few cape kills to his name. And according to Maidman, another uprising may be in the near future..]]
* It's become fairly common for Franchise/{{Superman}}'s {{archenemy}}, ComicBook/LexLuthor, to be portrayed as a pro-human/anti-alien extremist who sees himself as a Prometheus figure, stealing fire from the gods to give to the rest of humanity. While his position is ultimately self-serving, Luthor's argument that superhumans hold humanity back from truly excelling is one that resonates with some people in-universe and out.

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* Some comics in the Franchise/MarvelUniverse speculate SocietyIsToBlame for Muggle Power. Super-heroes are extraordinary people with amazing abilities and dedicate their lives to improving the world around them, so normal humans feel weak and selfish by comparison. The Kingpin ties this into IJustWantToBeNormal and TallPoppySyndrome in TheReasonYouSuckSpeech in Ultimate Spider-Man ''Ultimate Spider-Man'' #80.
-->'''The Kingpin''': ''They, Kingpin:''' They, "society," hate you because they don't want your help. You remind them of how weak-willed and sheep-like and unspecial they are. How gleeful they are, deep down, to be ordinary. They don't want heroes. They don't want special people around them. Because if there are special people and they aren't one of them— them -- well, who wants that? Who wants a constant reminder that they aren't even trying to be special? See, the difference between you and I is that you really are just a child. You benefit from the wide-eyed optimism of youth. I do envy that, somewhat. But... like many of your decisions in life... it's just naive. And I don't envy that harsh cold slap of reality that will come your way soon enough. But I guess it's inevitable. People don't want to be special. I do think that. It is my philosophy. They— They -- people want to be told what to do and how to live and they want men like me to tell them. They want to go to work and do as little as they can possibly get away with, and they want a big cookie at the end of the day for doing it. And they want men like me to give it to them.''
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* ''ComicBook/{{Empowered}}'' has an actual capeless uprising in its recent backstory, where a group of cape-killers began hunting down superhero and supervillain alike. The San Antonio Supervolcano may or may not be related to this. [[spoiler: Unbeknownst [[spoiler:Unbeknownst to his girlfriend, [=ThugBoy=] was directly involved in it, and has a few cape kills to his name. And according to Maidman, another uprising may be in the near future..future.]]
* ''Franchise/{{Superman}}'':
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It's become fairly common for Franchise/{{Superman}}'s Superman's {{archenemy}}, ComicBook/LexLuthor, to be portrayed as a pro-human/anti-alien extremist who sees himself as a Prometheus figure, stealing fire from the gods to give to the rest of humanity. While his position is ultimately self-serving, Luthor's argument that superhumans hold humanity back from truly excelling is one that resonates with some people in-universe and out.



** ''ComicBook/NewKrypton'' saw Luthor join forces with General Sam Lane, a paranoid GeneralRipper (and father of Lois Lane) who believed that all heroes--and aliens in particular--were bound to turn on humanity. Lane proceeds to recruit Metallo and Supergirl adversary Reactron, as well as "Superwoman" (really his daughter Lucy) and Codename:Assassin to form the core of his Human Defense Corps and wage war against Superman and New Krypton.

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** ''ComicBook/NewKrypton'' saw Luthor join forces with General Sam Lane, a paranoid GeneralRipper (and father of Lois Lane) who believed believes that all heroes--and heroes -- and aliens in particular--were particular -- are bound to turn on humanity. Lane proceeds to recruit Metallo and Supergirl adversary Reactron, as well as "Superwoman" (really his daughter Lucy) and Codename:Assassin to form the core of his Human Defense Corps and wage war against Superman and New Krypton.



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** There's also the whole backstory of the film, in which everybody loved supers, at first, and then they literally sued them out of existence; after Mr. Incredible was sued for his slightly rough thwarting of a man's attempted suicide, it opened the gateways for a wave of such claims, until the government forced the supers to go underground. Making things worse, one could argue that this was ''all Buddy's fault''; things might have just stopped with that first JerkAss if not for the fact that, on the same night, his disastrously malfunctioning rocketboots smashed a train-tracked bridge, and the passengers from that train then sued Mr. Incredible for ''stopping them from crashing''.

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** There's also the whole backstory of the film, in which everybody loved supers, at first, and then they literally sued them out of existence; after Mr. Incredible was sued for his slightly rough thwarting of a man's attempted suicide, it opened the gateways for a wave of such claims, until the government forced the supers to go underground. Making things worse, one could argue that this was ''all Buddy's fault''; things might have just stopped with that first JerkAss {{Jerkass}} if not for the fact that, on the same night, his disastrously malfunctioning rocketboots smashed a train-tracked bridge, and the passengers from that train then sued Mr. Incredible for ''stopping them from crashing''.



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* In Literature/{{Unique}}, the various supernatural entities the story focuses on were tracked down and told very plainly that they could behave themselves or die.

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* In Literature/{{Unique}}, ''Literature/{{Unique}}'', the various supernatural entities the story focuses on were tracked down and told very plainly that they could behave themselves or die.



* In the Literature/CoDominium universe, the genetically engineered Saurons consider unenhanced humans "cattle".
* In Nick Kyme's TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}} novel ''Literature/{{Salamander|s}}'', the Marines Malevolent express shock that the Salamanders are threatening to fire on fellow Space Marines to protect a few Mechanicus survivors. [[ComesGreatResponsibility The Salamanders don't flinch.]]

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* In the Literature/CoDominium ''Literature/CoDominium'' universe, the genetically engineered Saurons consider unenhanced humans "cattle".
* In Nick Kyme's TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}} ''TabletopGame/Warhammer40000'' novel ''Literature/{{Salamander|s}}'', the Marines Malevolent express shock that the Salamanders are threatening to fire on fellow Space Marines to protect a few Mechanicus survivors. [[ComesGreatResponsibility The Salamanders don't flinch.]]



* Creator/LawrenceWattEvans' ''Literature/WorldsOfShadow'' used the ''[[TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}} Warhammer 40K]]'' approach to psychics. Not because they were actually dangerous, mind you, but because the society that had them considered them "[[FantasticRacism mutant freaks]]."

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* Creator/LawrenceWattEvans' ''Literature/WorldsOfShadow'' used the ''[[TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}} Warhammer 40K]]'' ''TabletopGame/Warhammer40000'' approach to psychics. Not because they were are actually dangerous, mind you, but because the society that had have them considered considers them "[[FantasticRacism mutant freaks]]."



* In ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'', every major supernatural power is scared of humanity as a whole realizing that they exist. Individual humans may just be cattle to the supernaturals, but there are a whole lot of us, and we have guns and nukes and tanks.
** Harry once made the comparison that regular humans are the nukes of the supernatural world. When two scary guys duke it out where the public can see them, even if one is on their side, regular people would burn the both of them at the stake to be able to sleep at night.
** As author Jim Butcher describes it, a wizard can kill a mortal with about the same effort you'd expend throwing a pebble across a room. Now throw a million pebbles.

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* In ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'', every major supernatural power is scared of humanity as a whole realizing that they exist. Individual humans may just be cattle to the supernaturals, but there are a whole lot of us, and we have guns and nukes and tanks.
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tanks. Harry once made the comparison that regular humans are the nukes of the supernatural world. When two scary guys duke it out where the public can see them, even if one is on their side, regular people would burn the both of them at the stake to be able to sleep at night.
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night. As author Jim Butcher describes it, a wizard can kill a mortal with about the same effort you'd expend throwing a pebble across a room. Now throw a million pebbles.



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* ''Series/{{Heroes}}'' has The Company, a group with the ostensibly good goal of keeping tabs on all super powered individuals and helping them cope with their powers to [[TheWorldIsNotReady protect the general public]] and maintain a {{Masquerade}}... which, thanks to evil/incompetent bosses, has devolved to the point of doing Bag and Tag's of all heroes they can find with a complimentary [[LaserGuidedAmnesia mind wipe]], and killing those deemed "[[BadPowersBadPeople too dangerous to exist]]"... unless they're [[JokerImmunity Sylar]].
** And all the villains they have in storage that got released in season 3 as yet another IdiotPlot, despite Company's [[KnightTemplar willingness to kill much more decent people in the pursuit of stability]].
** The Company is only a partial example- while they do have a lot of muggle members, they have plenty of superpowered members too, and are in fact ''run'' by a group of superhumans, several of whom are actually pretty sinister.
** In volume 4 the Company is replaced with a government organization meant to capture all people with abilities - except [[StrawHypocrite Nathan]], who started it. His claim is that he's doing it because people with abilities are too dangerous to be left running around, which would be more convincing if he didn't target his own well meaning allies and a guy who can [[WhatKindOfLamePowerIsHeartAnyway breathe underwater]]. Rather than concentrating his attentions on say, ''Sylar.'' Again.

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* ''Series/{{Heroes}}'' has ''Series/{{Heroes}}'':
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The Company, a group with the ostensibly good goal of keeping tabs on all super powered super-powered individuals and helping them cope with their powers to [[TheWorldIsNotReady protect the general public]] and maintain a {{Masquerade}}... which, thanks to evil/incompetent bosses, has devolved to the point of doing Bag and Tag's of all heroes they can find with a complimentary [[LaserGuidedAmnesia mind wipe]], and killing those deemed "[[BadPowersBadPeople too dangerous to exist]]"... unless they're [[JokerImmunity Sylar]].
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Sylar]]. And all the villains they have in storage that got released in season 3 as yet another IdiotPlot, despite Company's [[KnightTemplar willingness to kill much more decent people in the pursuit of stability]].
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stability]]. The Company is only a partial example- example -- while they do have a lot of muggle members, they have plenty of superpowered members too, and are in fact ''run'' by a group of superhumans, several of whom are actually pretty sinister.
** In volume 4 the Company is replaced with a government organization meant to capture all people with abilities - -- except [[StrawHypocrite Nathan]], who started it. His claim is that he's doing it because people with abilities are too dangerous to be left running around, which would be more convincing if he didn't target his own well meaning well-meaning allies and a guy who can [[WhatKindOfLamePowerIsHeartAnyway breathe underwater]]. Rather than concentrating his attentions on say, ''Sylar.'' Again.



* In ''Series/TheXFiles'', no one even believes mutants and monsters exist (other than those 2 nobodies working out of the basement whom no one takes seriously), and 90% of them are psychotic spree killers who get killed by the end of the episode anyway. This is a damn shame, as they'd be one HELL of an advantage for the Earth Home Team when that Alien Invasion finally hits.

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* In ''Series/TheXFiles'', no one no-one even believes mutants and monsters exist (other than those 2 two nobodies working out of the basement whom no one no-one takes seriously), and 90% of them are psychotic spree killers who get killed by the end of the episode anyway. This is a damn shame, as they'd be one HELL of an advantage for the Earth Home Team when that Alien Invasion finally hits.



* In ''Franchise/StarTrek'', we had Eugenic Wars between genetically engineered and other humans, leading to genetic augmentation becoming a forbidden technique. They apparently got over this in later years; genetic modification for mundane purposes (correcting congenital defects, for example) is perfectly okay, but physical and mental augmentation is still illegal.
** In ''Series/StarTrekEnterprise'', we find out that part of the problem is that the Augment process seems to create musclebound sociopaths. We also discover that the Denobulans used the technology without problems.

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* ''Franchise/StarTrek'':
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In ''Franchise/StarTrek'', we had the backstory, the Eugenic Wars between genetically engineered and other humans, leading to genetic augmentation becoming a forbidden technique. They apparently got over this in later years; genetic modification for mundane purposes (correcting congenital defects, for example) is perfectly okay, but physical and mental augmentation is still illegal.
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illegal. In ''Series/StarTrekEnterprise'', we find out that part of the problem is that the Augment process seems to create musclebound sociopaths. We also discover that the Denobulans used the technology without problems.



* The Hunters in ''Series/{{Highlander}}: The Series'' are renegade members of {{The Watcher}}s who want every Immortal dead. The reason they're successful is because they hunt in groups, while Immortals are required to duel each other one-on-one. Additionally, being {{Muggles}}, the Hunters aren't required to follow the "holy ground" rule. Also, Immortals can sense each others' presence, but they can't sense regular humans execpt by the normal mundane means. The common tactic is to shoot the Immortal first. Then, when he's incapacitated, either behead him or put him into a guillotine. If there are no other Immortals in the vicinity, then there won't be a Quickening.
* One of the conflicts in season 10 of ''Series/{{Smallville}}'' is the political implications of superpowered individuals, which culminates in Congress passing the Vigilante Registration Act in an emergency session. Of course, the real movers and shakers behind it are Comicbook/{{Darkseid}}'s followers, who are trying to take the Justice League out of the equation. The act is eventually repealed.

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* The Hunters in ''Series/{{Highlander}}: The Series'' are renegade members of {{The Watcher}}s who want every Immortal dead. The reason they're successful is because they hunt in groups, while Immortals are required to duel each other one-on-one. Additionally, being {{Muggles}}, the Hunters aren't required to follow the "holy ground" rule. Also, Immortals can sense each others' presence, but they can't sense regular humans execpt except by the normal mundane means. The common tactic is to shoot the Immortal first. Then, when he's incapacitated, either behead him or put him into a guillotine. If there are no other Immortals in the vicinity, then there won't be a Quickening.
* One of the conflicts in season 10 of ''Series/{{Smallville}}'' is the political implications of superpowered individuals, which culminates in Congress passing the Vigilante Registration Act in an emergency session. Of course, the real movers and shakers behind it are Comicbook/{{Darkseid}}'s ComicBook/{{Darkseid}}'s followers, who are trying to take the Justice League out of the equation. The act is eventually repealed.



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* In ''TabletopGame/{{Aberrant}}'', Novas refer to non-Nova humans as "baselines", which technically is just a scientific term for their inability to become a Nova, but is treated as derogatory. Baselines usually fall within two camps: adoring fans or xenophobic champions of genetic purity. Since there's actually no way of telling whether a particular human is able to erupt (become a Nova) or not, a small minority try to provoke their eruption in various ways. Since lethal hazards can give you powers to survive those hazards, you can imagine ''how'' they go about this.
** It turns out the Muggles DO have something to fear from the Novas - the use of Quantum powers eventually mutates them into dramatically inhuman Aberrants, who form the primary enemy for its predecessor, ''Trinity''. Oddly enough, the heroes in ''Trinity'' are, themselves, no longer Muggles - they're powerful psychics, instead. On the other hand, the big reason Novas were willing to embrace Taint is for survival and revenge, because [[spoiler: the ostensibly good MutantDraftBoard Project Utopia was sterilising all of its recruits to ensure they wouldn't breed further; the Aeon War that caused the ''Trinity'' setting to exist in the first place? Yeah, that got started when the truth about Project Utopia finally got out to the public and Novas... didn't take it well.]]

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* In ''TabletopGame/{{Aberrant}}'', ''TabletopGame/{{Aberrant}}'':
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Novas refer to non-Nova humans as "baselines", which technically is just a scientific term for their inability to become a Nova, but is treated as derogatory. Baselines usually fall within two camps: adoring fans or xenophobic champions of genetic purity. Since there's actually no way of telling whether a particular human is able to erupt (become a Nova) or not, a small minority try to provoke their eruption in various ways. Since lethal hazards can give you powers to survive those hazards, you can imagine ''how'' they go about this.
** It turns out the Muggles DO have something to fear from the Novas - -- the use of Quantum powers eventually mutates them into dramatically inhuman Aberrants, who form the primary enemy for its predecessor, ''Trinity''. Oddly enough, the heroes in ''Trinity'' are, themselves, no longer Muggles - -- they're powerful psychics, instead. On the other hand, the big reason Novas were willing to embrace Taint is for survival and revenge, because [[spoiler: the ostensibly good MutantDraftBoard Project Utopia was sterilising all of its recruits to ensure they wouldn't breed further; the Aeon War that caused the ''Trinity'' setting to exist in the first place? Yeah, that got started when the truth about Project Utopia finally got out to the public and Novas... didn't take it well.]]



* In the eponymous continent-sized MonsterTown of TabletopGame/{{Mortasheen}}, humans are treated like lab rats by the mutants and monsters that inhabit the city, sometimes as test subjects, sometimes as pets and sometimes as food. of course, this is slightly {{subverted|Trope}} by the fact that nobody inside the city is really bothered by this, including the humans themselves, as they see it as "just the way things go". Some humans will even volunteer themselves for experiments in the hopes of getting a more powerful form.
* Played annoyingly straight in ''Literature/{{Wraeththu}}'', where the eponymous [[TheVirus magical hermaphrodites]] have nothing but contempt and genocidal urges towards the surviving humans, even though the Wraeththu are supposed to be the heroes of the setting AND each one was originally human themselves.
** Oddly, according to those who have read it, the ones who match that description are the ''villains'' among the Wraeththu in the original books, and the heroes were a group the RPG doesn't bother giving even a passing mention.
* ''TabletopGame/{{Paranoia}}'' secret societies include the mutant supremacist group Psion and the mutant-hating group [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Anti-Mutant]]. Played for laughs, of course. ([[DontExplainTheJoke The joke being]] that ''every'' person in the setting - other than the theoretically subservient AIs - is a mutant... and everybody seems to ''know'' it... except for the all-seeing, all-knowing Computer which designates mutants as inferior, genetically treasonous creatures.)
* Many Exalts in ''{{Exalted}}'' are less than careful with normal people in the area surrounding them (in the case of countering third-circle spells, an area totalling roughly nine square miles). The Realm in particular has based its 800-year empire on the idea that Terrestrial Exalted are manifestly superior to mortals. (One of the few exceptions to this kind of thing: Paragon is adamantly pro-mortal because its ruler is a mere enlightened mortal himself, although he's currently a little bitter that with Solar Exaltations flying around he hasn't had a shot at becoming a Twilight Caste yet.)
* ''[[TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}} Warhammer 40K]]'' doesn't so much use type 2 as it inverts the trope -- "[[PsychicPowers psykers]]" are the ones who're considered tools rather than people. Understandable, since it's best not to get attached to someone who has the potential to accidentally open a gateway to Hell. ([[CrapsackWorld This is not exaggeration]])
* TabletopGame/UnknownArmies discusses what happens when the supernatural element is scared senseless of breaking the masquerade. They liken the supernatural elements to being worst enemies trapped in a room with a sleeping tiger - if they fight and wake the tiger up, they're both dead. Averting this trope is necessary just to stay alive, and the rules feature a complete discussion of just how screwed you are if you're the one to wake the muggles up. (Imagine a soccer riot or worse with ''you'' as the object of its fury.)

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* In the eponymous continent-sized MonsterTown of TabletopGame/{{Mortasheen}}, humans are treated like lab rats by the mutants and monsters that inhabit the city, sometimes as test subjects, sometimes as pets and sometimes as food. of Of course, this is slightly {{subverted|Trope}} by the fact that nobody inside the city is really bothered by this, including the humans themselves, as they see it as "just the way things go". Some humans will even volunteer themselves for experiments in the hopes of getting a more powerful form.
* Played annoyingly straight in ''Literature/{{Wraeththu}}'', where the eponymous [[TheVirus magical hermaphrodites]] have nothing but contempt and genocidal urges towards the surviving humans, even though the Wraeththu are supposed to be the heroes of the setting AND each one was originally human themselves.
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themselves. Oddly, according to those who have read it, the ones who match that description are the ''villains'' among the Wraeththu in the original books, and the heroes were a group the RPG doesn't bother giving even a passing mention.
* ''TabletopGame/{{Paranoia}}'' secret societies include the mutant supremacist group Psion and the mutant-hating group [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Anti-Mutant]]. Played for laughs, of course. ([[DontExplainTheJoke The joke being]] that ''every'' person in the setting - -- other than the theoretically subservient AIs - -- is a mutant... and everybody seems to ''know'' it... except for the all-seeing, all-knowing Computer which designates mutants as inferior, genetically treasonous creatures.)
* Many Exalts in ''{{Exalted}}'' ''TabletopGame/{{Exalted}}'' are less than careful with normal people in the area surrounding them (in the case of countering third-circle spells, an area totalling roughly nine square miles). The Realm in particular has based its 800-year empire on the idea that Terrestrial Exalted are manifestly superior to mortals. (One of the few exceptions to this kind of thing: Paragon is adamantly pro-mortal because its ruler is a mere enlightened mortal himself, although he's currently a little bitter that with Solar Exaltations flying around he hasn't had a shot at becoming a Twilight Caste yet.)
* ''[[TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}} Warhammer 40K]]'' ''TabletopGame/Warhammer40000'' doesn't so much use type 2 as it inverts the trope -- "[[PsychicPowers psykers]]" are the ones who're considered tools rather than people. Understandable, since it's best not to get attached to someone who has the potential to accidentally open a gateway to Hell. ([[CrapsackWorld This is not exaggeration]])
* TabletopGame/UnknownArmies ''TabletopGame/UnknownArmies'' discusses what happens when the supernatural element is scared senseless of breaking the masquerade. They liken the supernatural elements to being worst enemies trapped in a room with a sleeping tiger - -- if they fight and wake the tiger up, they're both dead. Averting this trope is necessary just to stay alive, and the rules feature a complete discussion of just how screwed you are if you're the one to wake the muggles up. (Imagine a soccer riot or worse with ''you'' as the object of its fury.)



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* AzureStrikerGunvolt's [[TheRival Copen]] lives in a future where people with powerful psychic abilities known as Adepts have ravaged the world outside of the city where the game and its sequel take place, and the MegaCorp that practically owns the city subjugates the ones that do live within the city to further their grip on the world. His soltuion? Take both options. [[PowerCopying He copies of powers of fallen Adepts]] using his advanced weapons and uses them to further his goal of wiping Adepts from the face of the planet, including TheHero, because [[BlackAndWhiteInsanity he believes Adepts are irredeemable monsters who are too dangerous to be allowed to live]]... [[{{Revenge}} and because one killed his father]].

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* AzureStrikerGunvolt's ''VideoGame/AzureStrikerGunvolt''[='s=] [[TheRival Copen]] lives in a future where people with powerful psychic abilities known as Adepts have ravaged the world outside of the city where the game and its sequel take place, and the MegaCorp that practically owns the city subjugates the ones that do live within the city to further their grip on the world. His soltuion? Take both options. [[PowerCopying He copies of powers of fallen Adepts]] using his advanced weapons and uses them to further his goal of wiping Adepts from the face of the planet, including TheHero, because [[BlackAndWhiteInsanity he believes Adepts are irredeemable monsters who are too dangerous to be allowed to live]]... [[{{Revenge}} and because one killed his father]].



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* In the Literature/WhateleyUniverse, there's practically a war going on over this trope. "Humanity First!" is a world-wide grass roots anti-mutant organization (with backing from the richest family on earth), and the more radical members have tracked down and murdered new mutants. "Evolution Rocks" is an underground group of mutants who are basically anti-baseline. America's Department of Paranormal Affairs is having it out with the non-governmental agency the Mutant Commission Office, which may be kidnapping young mutants for experimentation.
* For the most part, this is avoided in the ''Roleplay/GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'', even by the villains. Of course, there is a reason why there are so many derogatory slang words for normal humans. "Mere" (as in "merely man"), "flatline", "baseline", and "Norman" (as in "Norman Normal") are just four examples.
** [[NebulousEvilOrganisation TAROT]] funds a lot of anti-superhuman "grassroots" organizations, and bribes politicians worldwide to legally restrict superheroes. The ultimate goal, of course, is to make it harder for the heroes to interfere with their operations, but a side effect is a growing hostility in some quarters between normal human beings and supers.

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[[folder:Web Original]]
* In the Literature/WhateleyUniverse, ''Literature/WhateleyUniverse'', there's practically a war going on over this trope. "Humanity First!" is a world-wide grass roots anti-mutant organization (with backing from the richest family on earth), and the more radical members have tracked down and murdered new mutants. "Evolution Rocks" is an underground group of mutants who are basically anti-baseline. America's Department of Paranormal Affairs is having it out with the non-governmental agency the Mutant Commission Office, which may be kidnapping young mutants for experimentation.
* For the most part, this is avoided in the ''Roleplay/GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'', even by the villains. Of course, there is a reason why there are so many derogatory slang words for normal humans. "Mere" (as in "merely man"), "flatline", "baseline", and "Norman" (as in "Norman Normal") are just four examples.
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examples. [[NebulousEvilOrganisation TAROT]] funds a lot of anti-superhuman "grassroots" organizations, and bribes politicians worldwide to legally restrict superheroes. The ultimate goal, of course, is to make it harder for the heroes to interfere with their operations, but a side effect is a growing hostility in some quarters between normal human beings and supers.



* In ''Literature/{{Worm}}'', within a couple years of the first superheroes appearing, the superheroine [[FlyingBrick Alexandria]] anticipates this and acts to prevent it by creating the Protectorate-a government-controlled SuperTeam beholden to the Parahuman Response Team. By recruiting the most powerful superheroes in the country, Alexandria is able to maintain a balance of power, giving normal people control over parahumans but also making it clear that if the Protectorate was pushed they could easily topple the government. Within twenty years the Protectorate is the only game in town. Of course, the fact that [[spoiler:Alexandria's civilian identity is Rebecca Costa-Brown, Chief Director of the PRT,]] doesn't hurt.

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* In ''Literature/{{Worm}}'', within a couple years of the first superheroes appearing, the superheroine [[FlyingBrick Alexandria]] anticipates this and acts to prevent it by creating the Protectorate-a Protectorate -- a government-controlled SuperTeam beholden to the Parahuman Response Team. By recruiting the most powerful superheroes in the country, Alexandria is able to maintain a balance of power, giving normal people control over parahumans but also making it clear that if the Protectorate was pushed they could easily topple the government. Within twenty years the Protectorate is the only game in town. Of course, the fact that [[spoiler:Alexandria's civilian identity is Rebecca Costa-Brown, Chief Director of the PRT,]] doesn't hurt.



[[folder:WesternAnimation]]
* The second season of ''[[WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague Justice League Unlimited]]'' dealt with the US government's efforts to build a force capable of stopping the JLU in the event they went rogue. Naturally, they ended up going the route of the WellIntentionedExtremist and a bit of JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope when their efforts included such things as creating TykeBomb SuperSoldier {{clon|ingBlues}}es with a shelf life shorter than a decade, trusting Comicbook/LexLuthor and other super criminals, as well as turning JLU member Comicbook/CaptainAtom against Franchise/{{Superman}}. The pilot of JLU specifically said that the non-super Comicbook/GreenArrow was a member specifically to call them on abuses of power. There's also that evil psychopathic Supergirl clone, and that 'super soldier' serum that turned the general into a mutant monster, and…
** The Justice Lords were an example where humans ''did'' have something to fear from metahumans. This knowledge is what drove ComicBook/TheQuestion into [[GoMadFromTheRevelation such a tizzy]].
* [[RichBitch Princess]] from ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'' wanted to be a Powerpuff Girl, but she didn't have any powers, so she got technology that imitated their powers. Blossom outright tells her that her problem isn't lacking the ''powers'', it's that she's a spoiled, selfish brat who doesn't want to be a Powerpuff Girl because she wants to help people, but because she just wants to be one for the sake of wanting it.

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* ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeagueUnlimited'':
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The second season of ''[[WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague Justice League Unlimited]]'' dealt deals with the US government's efforts to build a force capable of stopping the JLU in the event they went go rogue. Naturally, they ended ends up going the route of the WellIntentionedExtremist and a bit of JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope when their efforts included includes such things as creating TykeBomb SuperSoldier {{clon|ingBlues}}es with a shelf life shorter than a decade, trusting Comicbook/LexLuthor and other super criminals, as well as turning JLU member Comicbook/CaptainAtom ComicBook/CaptainAtom against Franchise/{{Superman}}. The pilot of JLU specifically said says that the non-super Comicbook/GreenArrow was ComicBook/GreenArrow is a member specifically to call them on abuses of power. There's also that evil psychopathic Supergirl clone, and that 'super soldier' "super soldier" serum that turned turns the general into a mutant monster, and…
and...
** The Justice Lords were are an example where humans ''did'' ''do'' have something to fear from metahumans. This knowledge is what drove ComicBook/TheQuestion into [[GoMadFromTheRevelation such a tizzy]].
* [[RichBitch Princess]] from ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'' wanted to be a Powerpuff Girl, but she didn't have any powers, so she got gets technology that imitated imitates their powers. Blossom outright tells her that her problem isn't lacking the ''powers'', it's that she's a spoiled, selfish brat who doesn't want to be a Powerpuff Girl because she wants to help people, but because she just wants to be one for the sake of wanting it.



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